Trump accuses Saudis of ‘lies’ over critic’s killing in sharpest attack yet

Arturo Kim
October 22, 2018

At the same time, Saudi officials have failed to answer questions about where Khashoggi's remains are and have offered inconsistent narratives for how he was killed, undermining the government's assertion that Khashoggi died after a fistfight broke out when he was confronted by agents seeking to bring him back to Riyadh while he was visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

President Trump had also talked about possible punishment but said he didn't want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm US manufacturers.

The Istanbul governor's office approved the protection on Sunday, Turkey's state-run media agency Anadolu reported.

"The Saudi account has been met with widespread worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up". South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday "I find it impossible to believe that the Crown Prince was not involved".

Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, had extended condolences to Khashoggi's family earlier on Sunday.

"This is a bad mistake", Jubeir told Fox News.

Speaking to supporters on Sunday in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking justice and that he will "go into detail" in a speech to ruling party members in parliament.

Saudi Arabia says that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, blaming a "rogue operation" for a killing that has sparked an worldwide outcry.

But after a Turkish media report claiming Khashoggi's Apple Watch may have captured gruesome audio of him being tortured, drugged, killed and later dismembered, the Saudi government finally admitted the journalist was dead.

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He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure. "This is not an explanation; it is a cover-up", Mr. Ryan said. King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him.

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he said.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told Fox News' Bret Baier on Sunday that Khashoggi's death was part of a "rogue operation" and that 18 people implicated in his slaying would be punished.

Riyadh has said Khashoggi died in its Istanbul consulate after a fistfight, but many of America's Western allies are not convinced.

Both the consulate and the residence of the Saudi consul have been searched too.

"We ought to suspend military sales, we ought to suspend certain security assistance and we ought to impose sanctions on any of those that were directly involved in this murder", Schiff said.

After two weeks denying any involvement in the 59-year-old's disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, died during a fight in the building.

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